The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Epidavros

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The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is a theatre in the Greek city of Epidaurus, located on the southeast end of the sanctuary dedicated to the ancient Greek God of medicine, Asclepius. It is built on the west side of Cynortion Mountain, near modern Lygourio, and belongs to the Epidaurus Municipality. It is considered to be the most perfect ancient Greek theatre with regard to acoustics and aesthetics.
According to Pausanias, the ancient theatre was constructed by the architect Polykleitos the Younger. Pausanias praises the theatre for its symmetry and beauty. At a maximum capacity of 13,000 to 14,000 spectators, the theatre hosted music, singing and dramatic games that were included in the worship of Asclepius. It was also used as a means to heal patients, since there was a belief that the observation of dramatic shows had positive effects on mental and physical health.
Today, the monument attracts a large number of Greek and foreign visitors and is used for the performance of ancient drama plays. The first modern performance conducted at the theatre was Sophocles's tragedy Electra. It was played in 1938, directed by Dimitris Rontiris, starring Katina Paxinou and Eleni Papadaki.
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  • Only sorry that we couldn’t enjoy a live performance which are produced during non-COVID summer months. Fabulously preserved amphitheater from which one can view the sea.  more »
  • Nothing can prepare you for how amazing this theatre is! It is an incredible sight to see it with the surrounding scenery and mountain backdrop. We visited at a quiet time and there were very few...  more »
  • It is about one of the most incredible places for visiting! The site view is wonderful and the whole place makes you feel great admiration! I definitely recommend all people for visiting it!  more »
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  • Do not miss this one in a lifetime opportunity. Amazing theater with great acoustics. Almost all the plays have over-titles. Go early, as been late here will not be appropriate. If you can, bring a small pillow to sit on as the seats can be uncomfortable.
  • The Greeks built something special here. If you have the opportunity to see it do not pass it up. 2400 years it has stood with perfect acoustics - simply amazing
  • For me... The best theatre in the world! A lifetime experience... Go early, to find your seat and to enjoy the last minutes of the daylight, just before the actors' arrival on the stage. Magnificent!
  • A fantastic ancient theatre. Amazing acoustic and remarkable engineering. The structure is very well preserved and many performances take place every summer. The tickets for the plays are inexpensive and there are available buses to transfer you from / to Athens. Highly recommended.
  • We we're fortunate enough to be able to see a play in the theater. Oedipus Rex was playing for two nights only. It was spectacular watching a 2400 year old play in a 2400 year old theater. Epidaurus is great during the day but the magic was really apparent at night. Don't miss out on a show here if you have the chance.

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